Effective Natural Remedies for Chalazion

| Modified on Jul 16, 2022
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by bpang (Fairfax, VA) on 04/17/2022
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I have a massive chalazion that's been there (on the upper eyelid) for 3 months. I've tried everything (heat, massages, ACV) nothing seems to be working! It is higher up at a distance from my lash line and seems to be growing from within the eyelid-is that why the ACV application isn't working?

I tried ACV for 5 days- it just burnt my eyelid and created 2 huge red marks on my eyelid. Haven't noticed any drainage yet.

Any advice or at home remedies would be greatly appreciated!

Castor Oil
Posted by Ty (America) on 03/11/2022
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My 5 year chalazion is almost gone. Nobody or I can see it anymore by looking at my eyelid. I only know it's there still by putting pressure and touching my eyelid with my finger. This is what's working for me:

I do a hot compress twice a day. One in the morning and one at night followed by putting a mixture of 1 cup water to 1 teaspoon of apple cider on my lash line with a qtip. I let that dry then I put some Similasan Stye Eye Relief Drops in my eye (you can buy on amazon or CVS/Walgreens/Walmart). I then let my eye dry from the eye drops and then proceed to put an half and half oil mixture of castor oil and tea tree oil on my lash line (don't get inside of your eye).

Do this every day twice a day and you will see results it may take a long time but my 5 year chalazion is almost gone. I've been doing this remedy for months now and it's slowly going away. Chalazions take a long time to go away especially if you've had them for over a year and it's hardened. So be patient and continue at it!

Salt Water Rinse
Posted by Health nut (NJ) on 02/10/2022
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The Salt Water Rinse worked!

I had my chalazion for a couple of months and was trying different cures on and off (ex: ACV, castor oil, colloidal silver, etc) Nothing was as effective and fast as the saltwater rinse.

I did the saltwater rinse two to three times a day using an eyecup. Now my chalazion is hardly even noticeable and it's getting smaller every day. Thank God!

My recipe

1 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in 1 cup of water. This recipe will last about a week.

I hope this helps anyone else with this problem. If not, everyone is different, so keep trying different natural remedies. Above all trust in God, He will guide you to the right cure.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anna (USA) on 12/10/2021

You're supposed to dilute the apple cider vinegar with water. 1 cup water to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sheetal (Haryana) on 11/21/2021

Did u put apple cider vinegar inside the eye? I have a painful chalazion inside the eyelid very close to the nose. I am so terrified. Please help.

Discover Your Food Sensitivities
Posted by Lois (England) on 08/05/2021
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This is really interesting because I suffered with styes for about five years (whilst also having tummy issues) getting one probably once a month/ every other month and then I stopped eating gluten for the tummy reasons for two years and I never had one single stye!

I tried gluten again 3 months ago and it seemed fine on my stomach but since I have had 2 styes one being very big maybe I need to annoyingly cut gluten out again then.

Castor Oil
Posted by Ty (America) on 07/05/2021

Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this method in with my other method I'm using. I've had a chalazion on my eyelid for 5 years now that has hardened without redness. The chalazion has gotten smaller over the last 5 years but it's still there. I recently just started back consistently doing hot compress at least 5 times a day with a heated eye mask from Amazon and massages to it and mines also has started to split off into very tiny lumps that seem to be dissolving (the original lump is still there but it looks a little smaller). I'll update this in a couple of months if it worked since I know that Chalazions are very stubborn and I've had mines for 5 years so it will take some time to go away completely.

Hot Compress
Posted by Evan F. (Milwaukee) on 04/20/2021
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I had surgery to remove chalazia in both eyes when I was in college. A few years later, one recurred, and there was no way I was doing that surgery again. While it was still in the tender phase I began using crazy hot compresses and pushing/rubbing qtips rolled in a mix of Dawn dish soap and hot water onto the bottom of the tarsal/lid plate (where the glands express). I did this with great vigor, like a Kennedy who really hates eye problems. After about two 15-minute rounds the chalazion spontaneously began to drain from its pore. It clouded my vision, and I'd never been happier for something to do so. I went to a budget meeting on the editorial board of my college newspaper, pressing on that thing just draining it in front of everyone. Truly a sight to behold.

Key is attacking them promptly. The puss oil will harden eventually, and at that point, surgery is the only real option. I used dish soap because it is the strongest surfactant I knew my eye could tolerate on a temporary basis. I do believe that enough hot soap water finally pushed up the pore into the blockage, which gave way.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sue (North Carolina) on 04/15/2021
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During pollen season I seem to get at least one huge chalazion. In years past even though I did the heat and black tea bags, they would just swell and swell and I'd end up taking antibiotics.

This year on day 1, I read on this site about ACV with the mother and did it 4 times a day plus once waking up in the middle of the night to apply it.

Each time I did heat for about 10 minutes (Bruder eye mask is great) followed by 4-5 minutes of a Q-tip dipped in ACV with the mother. The ACV seemed to really take the infection out. It's 3 days later and not gone but is improving well. I"m so relieved and thankful for the other writers who wrote so I'm adding in my experience. Hope it helps you too.

Castor Oil
Posted by Kim (New South Wales) on 04/12/2021
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My husband had a decade old chalazion on his upper eyelid that had hardened without redness despite trying everything natural under the sun when it first appeared and at intervals subsequently. At one point of sustained natural remedies, the lump appeared to develop a slight split as if divided into two adjacent smaller lumps. Another time along the way, I applied raw local honey along his lashline and felt guilty as he developed a small chalazion on his lower lid just below the upper lump. It wasn't a stye as it never went away. Finally, last year, he was fed up and ready to seek surgery but came across an article in www.eyeworld.org connecting Dermodex mites (present in all people) to chalazions so we decided to give one last-ditch treatment.

I mixed castor oil (the old-fashioned type in a glass bottle from the Indian store that has been used safely in eyes for centuries that I happened to have) with pure teatree oil in a dropper bottle and after his morning shower, I applied 2 drops to his clean knuckles which he held together for me and he then touched his knuckles together to disperse before swiping one knuckle across each respective lashline of both his closed eyes to avoid cross contamination as the chalazion was only on his left eye. He also used his knuckles to massage the mixture into his lashlines.

At night before bed, he used Opti-Soothe mask (from pharmacy) for two consecutive 20mins after heating 20secs in the microwave following by the same oil-on-knuckle treatment. As stated in the article, after 12 weeks the chalazion disappeared and has not returned after four months.

Wish we had known this remedy before as over the decade, we wasted time and money on doctors every time it became embarrassingly conspicuous after other natural treatments just to be prescribed eyedrops that made no difference and referral to opthalmologist who recommended best to leave it alone as it may recur after surgery which is apparently very painful.

Treat for Demodex Mites
Posted by Frankie (Houston, Texas) on 03/08/2021

Can you reccomend which ivermectin paste you bought? Was it from Amazon? I just have access to oral ivermectin as of now. When you applied the paste did the Chalazions underneath your eye pop and drain?

Treat for Demodex Mites
Posted by Frankie (Houston, texas) on 03/07/2021

Would taking ivermectin orally help as well for Chalazions? I've had one under my eye for years now and I've never been able to get rid of it yet. Also the paste where did you buy it from? All I see is ivermectin paste for horses on Amazon. Thanks

Posted by Mary (Tennessee) on 01/15/2021
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I used the herb Echinacea for 2 weeks and the a bump on my lower eye lid near my tear duct. It just disappeared.

My pharmacist told me he had the same thing and to take the herb and it was gone.

Chalazion Disappeared On Its Own
Posted by MissM (New York ) on 11/15/2020

Apply heat as often as you can and massage area. It will go down. Additionally buy unscented baby wipes and wipe eyes clean multiple times a day. Chalazions caused by demodex mites who thrive on oils. Keep eyes clean dry and apply no oils. Demodex are killed by tea tree oil.

Wash your hair and face with Desert Essence tea tree shampoo for a month.

You must wash your bedding as often as possible with detergent borax powder and hot dry heat.

Chalazion Disappeared On Its Own
Posted by Richard (ON) on 11/15/2020

I just got it for the first time. Going to try hot compress but it's been here for about a month now so don't know how effective heat will be. Wish me luck.

Triphala, Turmeric
Posted by Sahana (Karnataka) on 09/18/2020

Can triphala reduce a lid chalazion?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Missm (New York) on 09/01/2020

ACV will stop the itch a bit. Chalazions often come with a demodex mite problem.

Look for posts under demodex eye mites.

Use a heat pack, it will break up the hardened area. Use this multiple times a day. It does work, ask me how I know :)

To treat the mites which cause the inflammation, you will need to use diluted tea tree oil and lavender at eyelash base for about 6 weeks.

You need to change your bed linens, especially your pillow, several times a week. Wash in borax and dry high heat to kill mites.

You do not want to use any oils for dilution of teatree oil and lavender except for MCT or fracionated coconut oil. Eye mites feast on face oils and applied oils! You must keep your face very clean - use only aloe as moisturizer!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Azimah (Goodlands ) on 08/30/2020

Should I rinse the Apple Cider Vinegar or wipe it after some time?

Castor Oil, Epsom Salts, Chamomile Tea
Posted by Missm (New York ) on 08/17/2020

Often the cause of chalazions are demodex mites.

If this is a constant battle for you, search demodex mites my posts.

Heat and massage will reduce them but you must get rid of the cause!

Castor Oil, Epsom Salts, Chamomile Tea
Posted by Casey (Midwest) on 08/14/2020

Much appreciated! I'm going to try this asap. I've been dealing with these for 15 yrs.

Hot Compress, Castor Oil
Posted by Missm (New York) on 07/23/2020

I had enormous chalazions for the first time this year. They are often caused by demodex mites. Hot compresses do work, but now you must treat for mites.

Demodex mites love oily skin, face oils, face cream, eye makeup. Discard your eye makeup! You must start washing your face with tea tree oil which eliminates the mites. This is a process as it will take a month or more to eradicate them.

You will use only aloe gel as moisturizer. To a quarter size blob of aloe gel add one drop lavender essential oil or tea tree. These oils eradicate mites.

Use a sulphur soap, or PetMd Benzoyl shampoo which has sulphur, benzoyl peroxide and salycylic acid as shampoo and face wash.

Your bedding must be washed in hot water and with detergent and borax. Make sure you dry on high heat. Rotate your pillow cases everyday.

Diet! Mites love dairy. Eliminate! Ask me how I know!

if you cannot get mites under control you might try a pinch of borax in 16 ounces of water see if that helps, if not, then ivermectin might be in your future.

Hot Compress, Castor Oil
Posted by Carol (Demoines, Iowa) on 07/21/2020
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I found that hot compresses 3× daily, along with application of castor oil (especially at night) quite helpful. I did go through a period where I took 2 T. of ACV daily, and applied it to the chalazion with a Q tip as well. This burned and caused the chalazion to crust and peel. I'm not sure if that was ultimately helpful.

In the end, I continued applying the castor oil to the chalazion and to the water line of my upper eyelid. Additionally, the action I believe most helpful, was the gentle pressure and washing of the eyelash area and upper water line (my chalazion was on the upper eyelid). I eventually tapered off the compressed after 1.5 months. I never thought it would go away. It was gone completely within 2.5 - 3 months. I prayed daily, and believed that the probiotic wash which I used to cleanse my upper eyelash area and the water line would heal the chalazion.

The ACV may have helped cleanse my system (I took 2T a day for a week, and the application to the chalazion, and getting it to crust may or may not have been helpful.) To this day, I continue the gentle eyelash and waterline cleansing. Nothing my doctor or opthamalogist prescribed or suggested helped. There are many probiotic washes on the market. Johnson's Baby Shampoo may be a viable option as well.

Best of luck to all of you struggling with this issue. It will go away when you find the solution that works for you. I persisted and researched weekly - with prayer! God bless all of you.

Treat for Demodex Mites
Posted by Miss M (New York) on 07/02/2020
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I had same issue as Tron below. All of a sudden monster chalazions in eyes. Doctors said they were just styes. Found info on démodex and read many papers about what works against them.

Hope this helps others:

  • One ounce tin
  • vaseline - this will cover and drown them
  • 4 drops tea tree oil
  • 4 drop lavender oil
  • Melt Vaseline add essential oils and stir well.
  • Pour into container.
  • Apply everyday and night.

With the petroleum salve with tea tree and lavender, you only need to swipe your finger and get scant amount for your lashline. You do not need to goop up! If you have applied too much wipe off with a tissue.

Make sure you use different hands, tissues, wipes for each eye you do not want to transfer the little bugs over to another eye.

Sulphur soap is helpful as demodex hate the smell BUT it will dry your face out. You can buy it on Amazon.

Additionally helpful to me was to use Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo - you can take the cap off and add additional tea tree and lavender oil. Wash your hair and face. This shampoo is for oily hair so it can be drying to hair and face.

Wash your bedding in detergent and borax in HOT water. Your pillow case wash as much as humanly possible and use HOT heat.

Buy unscented babywipes for your eyes. Amazon Basics or Costco.

Throw out your eye makeup and do not wear any until condition clears or you will make it worse.

My doctor didn't even know about these things or my ophthalmologist!

Treat for Demodex Mites
Posted by Tron (UK) on 07/01/2020
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I had several bouts of chalazions and tried many remedies, tea tree seemed one of the best in soap form, if u are careful not to get it in the eye itself.

After many eyelid bumps and doctors saying it was blepharitis etc, I stumbled on an idea that it might be an over abundance of demodex folliculorum. I recalled then when they first appeared... it was after inspecting my uncle's dog who had mange on his tail.

Mange is caused by the same mite!! So long story a bit shorter.... ivermectin!! Obviously do your own research but I ordered some in a paste took the amount one would take for other diseases it is prescribed for tropical parasites....And Voila!

Gone after 2 plus years of these things....I occasionally dose myself maybe every 6 months but the little critters that apparently live on everyone's skin can proliferate given the right conditions and lead to many things including chalazions.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jay (Winnipeg, MB) on 06/30/2020
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Had a HUGE stye that turned into a chalazion and I was going at it hard with the hot compresses (4-5 times a day, at least 15 minutes at a time). This only made it get bigger. One thing to keep in mind is that heat increases sebum (oil) production in hair follicles, including the follicles of lashes. This can cause the follicles near the chalazion to clog up and impede drainage.

There's a good chance my follicles were already clogged by the huge stye my chalazion started out as. The excessive heat didn't help matters. Anyways, I decided to lay off the heat, just applying a compress twice a day, for 10 min at morning and 10 min at night.

I use the eye mask you can put in the microwave—it stays warm and you can easily re-heat. I bought mine from an optometry clinic but you can probably find one on Amazon. Anyways, I reduced compress use to 10 minutes at morning and night, followed by gentle pressure with cu-tip against the chalazion (as well as rolling it down the cyst toward the lash line).

In between doing this, so about 5 times a day, applied Apple cider vinegar with the “mother“ using a cu-tip. Dipped q-tip in vinegar, touched it against Kleenex so it wasn't dripping wet, then rolled q-tip over cyst and massaged gently into cyst, for about a minute. Got as close to the lash line as possible without getting any in my eye.

Chalazion is gradually shrinking (took a few days to notice a difference) and the lash follicles near the chalazion that had been filling with oil are draining as well.

In addition to the vinegar it's probably important to not overdo it with the heat. Too much heat also likely causes some inflammation and swelling which will just keep the silly thing from draining or make it worse. I would suggest at least try going down to warm compress 2-3 times a day, 10 minutes at a time, and use the vinegar.

It is absolutely working for me!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Asalt (Colorado) on 12/18/2018
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All those warm compresses, tea bags and massage did nothing for my chalazion. But Apple Cider vinegar made a HUGE difference in 2 days. It's now day 4 after ACV directly on a qtip about 4 times a day and it's almost gone. Thank goodness for this site - I was considering surgery since this little bugger wouldn't respond to anything else, and hearing people's terrible experiences made me try this as a last resort. TOTALLY WORKS! Use organic acv with the mother, I just put a few drops with an eyedropper and hold/wipe for a minute or two and then done!

Give It Time to Heal Itself
Posted by Vinu (Shakopee) on 12/07/2018
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My daughter had Chalazion for the past 2 years. I tried everything from consulting the doctor, putting warm compress, certain vinegar remedies found here. But none of these worked effectively. Now I see that in last week the chalazion shrinked and it is completely gone completely. I think it is some kind of natural process it needs some time.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Jina (Portland ) on 10/30/2018
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Colloidal Silver for stubborn styes/chalazion

My naturopath told us to do colloidal silver sprayed directly on to the eye 5 times a day for months. We also avoided eggs. And it treated the most gross looking stubborn stye I have ever seen. It did take a while, but this was a stye we had been battling for almost a year. Silver worked when nothing else did (so many different remedies mentioned tried). Now if we see one cropping up, we just do the silver sprays and it is gone by the next day or even as early as 1/2 day later. The most important part of it is that it really has to be 4-5 sprays/day. And the avoidance of eggs may be a crucial element as well.

Fish Liver Oil, Vitamins
Posted by Simone (London) on 09/04/2018

Hi Maria,

Thank you for your message. Was your Chalazion large? Mine is a size of a lentil. How long did it take to go? How much Vit A did you take?

Castor Oil
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 08/15/2018

Castor oil is typically applied over the chalazion. If the oil is pure it should not feel painfull if it gets into the eye. I have used it on a chalazion that was several years old and the chalazion shrunk quickly. The oil never bothered my eye.

Castor Oil
Posted by Kgomotso (South Africa) on 08/10/2018

hi, please assist, how did you apply this castor oil to help with your chazalion? On top of the eyelid or under the eyelid? I'm desperately needing to remove a chazalion under my eyelid, tried everything including spending so much money with the eye doctors, it is still there 9 months later and not popping at all and irritating me a lot, I will like to try this castor oil, how do I use it?

Warm Compresses, Massaging
Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 07/16/2018 235 posts

Dear Christa, my son used to get these chalazions one after another, initially what I researched said to give him raisins and apply colloidal silver. So nutritionally something is lacking causing a deficiency and to apply assistance topically. He gets them less frequently now but says the silver stings. Last chazalion I used baking soda paste, mixed with water, it was soothing so he was able to leave it on half hour, and it acted as a poultice drawing the pus out. I only did this twice, morning and night, and there was significant improvement. For you, since you are having good results from castor oil, I would apply a thick layer to the eyelid when I went to bed, so that as you sleep you have constant action of the castor oil, as it is a very slow absorption. I have done this myself, as it helps me go to sleep, if you are using organic cold pressed hexane free it is not an issue if it goes in the eyes. Best to you

Warm Compresses, Massaging
Posted by Christa (West Bengal) on 07/14/2018
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I am suffering from a chalazion for about a month now. It started as a stye which got healed with meds but the chalazion remained. It is inside my left lower lid. I have tried homeopathy but it doesn't seem to be making much of a difference. Have gone to the eye doctor but he only gave me antibiotic drops and ointment which stopped the infection but didn't reduce the chalazion.

I have been doing warm compresses with salt. The chalazion gets small after the compresses but returns to its original size within a few minutes of the compresses. I have read about sea salt compresses and just started with. Not sure if it would help! Also started applying organic hexane free castor oil on the skin outside of the chalazion and light massages.

My chalazion keeps changing shape and consistency. Sometimes it's soft and sometimes it gets a little hard. But when I massage it with castor oil it's size decreases considerably for an instant and almost becomes flat but gets back its shape soon.

Has anyone else experienced this? I need some help please.

Castor Oil
Posted by Brigette (Usa) on 06/18/2018

I would try cold pressed hexane free castor oil. It seems like it would be safer than antibiotic and steroid drops. Coconut oil is also gentle and healing.

Castor Oil
Posted by Melissa (Victoria ) on 06/16/2018

Hello! I have a 9 month old with a chalazion.. it's been about 3 months now and it's not going away after antibiotic drops, ointment and then a antibiotic/steriod ointment.

We are waiting to see a specialist but it's going to take 4 months (only 1 in town). I started to try ACV and I'm noticing a lot more white oil stuff coming out.. but his eye is still chronically red/inflamed. So the ACV is an astringent but what can I do for the inflammation? Castor oil?

Castor Oil
Posted by Ekta (Hyderabad) on 06/13/2018

Do we need to apply castor oil on the inner side of the eyelid?

Castor Oil
Posted by Tom (Los Angeles) on 06/12/2018

Hi Carlita,

Thanks for your reply. I have this Chalazion in both my eyes since 8 months. Will the Similsan Pink Eye help for this kind of Chalazion?

Thanks again.


Castor Oil
Posted by Carlita (Al) on 06/11/2018

You might also try a homeopathic eye infection remedy called Similsan Pink Eye or Stye Eye Relief. Any of them that have 12X sulfur as an active ingredient. Apparently mites hate sulfur.

Good luck!!

Castor Oil
Posted by Tom (Los Angeles) on 06/11/2018


I have chalazion in both my eyes. Can you please let me know how did you apply the castor oil.

Thank you.

Castor Oil
Posted by Anon (Usa) on 06/09/2018
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Castor oil has healed the chalazion on my eyelid. Cheap big box store brand of castor oil. Nothing special. Labled for internal use. Thank you Earthclinic!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Janice (Durham, NC ) on 05/15/2018

I've had cataract surgery September 2017. Can I use organic apple cider vinegar on a chalazion inside my lower eyelid?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Alyssiana (West Warwick, Rhode Island) on 04/24/2018

You put the apple cider vinegar on the inside of the lid, not just on top?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Simone (London) on 04/14/2018


Thank you for your post. I was just wondering how you are getting on. I had a chalazion the size of a pea last September. It kept growing, so I opted for surgery. It's been nearly six months and my eyelids still a bit swollen. How did it take your eyelid heal after the first surgery? Did it ever go back to normal?

Sorry to disturb you. Look forward to hearing from you.

Regards, Simone

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gloria (Fl) on 04/04/2018

You must dilute the vinegar with water.

Posted by Tom (Los Angeles) on 04/04/2018

Hi Jamie,

Thank you for the wonderful post and the information you have provided regarding Chalazion. I developed my Chalazion almost 7 months ago in my left eye. I got another chalazion in my left eye 6 weeks ago.

I purchased silicea 6c Borion & calc fluor 6x Hylands and have been taking religiously since last 5 days. I have noticed some improvement in my chalazion (size getting smaller). I will continue taking it and will report back.

I am wondering should I take Birion calc flour 6c or continue with Hylands calc fluor 6x (i am taking 4 tablets). Please help.

Thanks again.


Posted by Tom (Los Angeles) on 04/04/2018

Hi Jamie,

Thank you for the wonderful post and the information you have provided regarding Chalazion. I developed my Chalazion almost 7 months ago in my left eye. I got another chalazion in my left eye 6 weeks ago.

I purchased silicea 6c Borion & calc fluor 6x Hylands and have been taking religiously since last 5 days. I have noticed some improvement in my chalazion (size getting smaller). I will continue taking it and will report back.

I am wondering should I take Birion calc flour 6c or continue with Hylands calc fluor 6x (i am taking 4 tablets). Please help.

Thanks again.